Nick was introduced to Buck Brannaman’s style of horsemanship when he met Dan Knuth in Chandler, Arizona. Intrigued by what he learned in the first month, you could say he became somewhat of an addict! If he was not at work, he was at the ranch practicing what he had learned, watching Dan give other people lessons, or just simply spending time around horses. He continued to watch Dan as much as possible and practice everything that he learned or saw, and it wasn't long before Dan noticed his desire and commitment to become a horseman. He was kind enough to take Nick under his wing as an apprentice, and spent countless hours helping Nick learn to start colts and refine his horsemanship skills. Nick spent a couple years riding with him, learning these methods, and even working with Dan’s students from time to time. In the summer of 2005, Dan retired, and Nick began riding horses and starting colts for the public. In 2006, Nick married Jessie and together they moved to Oregon to continue teaching people horsemanship and working with horses, and to pursue their dream of having a ranch of their own. In 2010 that dream was realized with the opening of Silver Spade Ranch.
In addition to running Silver Spade Ranch, Nick works full time teaching horsemanship and riding horses. When Nick isn’t working, he enjoys riding his own horses, spending time with family and friends, and golfing.
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